Alternative Landscapes: From Without

Liggins, Andrea (2003) Alternative Landscapes: From Without. Photographic Review, 35 (Summer). ISSN 1369-2224

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The research question investigated the notion that the fixed scopic regime of the surveyor places landscape in the position of other, at a distance, and creates a set of value systems based entirely upon a scene’s picturable qualities, the worthiness of the view. This research prompted the necessity to explore other ways of engaging with the landscape through photographic practice to engender a greater sense of involvement, not only with the sublime areas of National Parks but with the ordinary, the ‘typicalities’, the hedgerows, the lowland peat- bogs and the grasslands. The work engaged with these ideas in two ways: firstly the camera was positioned at ground level and in familiar places; and secondly there was an attempt to move away from the authority of Cartesian perspective and the fixed vision of the gaze, to a more fluid and obscure representation of the subject. The landscape photographs published do not seek the purity of the wilderness or the authority of the view, but concentrate on the familiar, the home ground and the private; intimate personal landscapes, places to look out from and not at. The places of the imagery are unfixed, mutable, sites that remain unable to be categorised. The use of lightweight cameras with plastic lenses, with very low resolution, strips away the formality of the image, and defies the production of maximum detail.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: LIGGINS, A. 2003. Alternative Landscapes: From Without. Source : Photographic Review. 35/ Summer. 8 pages plus cover..
Uncontrolled Keywords: landscapes, trees, plants, flowers, National Parks, photography
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010 15:43
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 15:57

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